- Paperback: 178 pages
- Publisher: Shambhala; 1st edition (April 2, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1570621497
- ISBN-13: 978-1570621499
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Getting Our Bodies Back: Recovery, Healing, and Transformation through Body-Centered Psychotherapy Paperback – April 2, 1996
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A habitual movement as common as nail-biting or toe-tapping can be the key to pulling out addictive behavior by roots. These unconscious movement "tags" indicate the places where our bodies have become split off from our psyches. When brought to consciousness and confronted they will often tell us very plainly where our psychological suffering originated, showing us where to begin reconnecting body and soul. Christine Caldwell, a pioneer in the field of somatic psychology, has created an original model for working with body wisdom called the Moving Cycle. She describes how this form of therapy has worked effectively in her own practice, and she provides practical techniques to show how we can learn to listen to what our bodies are telling us, confront addictive habits, and learn to celebrate our inherent wisdom and elegance.
About the Author
Christine Caldwell, Ph.D., is a somatic therapist in private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She is the founder of the Somatic Psychology Department at the Naropa Institute and the director of the Moving Center, also in Boulder.
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As a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence, I have a great deal of physical PTSD symptoms as well as psychological sypmtoms. I am also a recovering alcoholic and addict, as many survivors of sexual assault are. I bought this book at the urging of my therapist, in hopes that I would learn more about managing the physical sensations, dissociation, etc.
After reading this book, I have a lot more insight into the body-mind-spirit connection. I was impressed with the detail in explaining how our habits, behaviors, posture, etc. indicate the roots of our trauma and how that can lead to, and perpetuate, addictive behaviors. I was also impressed with the information about addressing the behaviors and actually stopping the cycle.
This book has given me a fresh viewpoint on two major challenges in my life. I will be putting more of the suggestions into practice, to see how well the theories actually work, but the information rings true on many levels.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with addictive behavior problems, whether they be alcohol or drug abuse, eating disorders, etc.